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Thursday, May 7, 2015



"Unclaimed Diamonds, Specializing in Engagement rings, Wedding Sets, Diamonds, Gold and Platinum, which people put on layaway and never claimed. You, the customer, pay only the balance due . . . That’s it!"


1 comment:

Chuck Olroski said...

Linh: This picture made me sad, because it brought back late-170s memories from when I was a Teamster dockworker at Roadway Express, Inc. break bulk terminal located in Tannersville, PA -- the heart of Pocono Mountains.

Those days, I'd sometimes drive back and forth to work, starting from Taylor home and do an 1-hour drive to Tannersville.

One cold and icy early morning, all alone, and driving my V.W. "bug" on way to work, I stopped at corner of Main & Washburn Street in order to buy a New York Times. Walked inside the corner store and the owner stood ready for me to say hello and pay for the newspaper. A very unfortunate girl entered with some aplomb, perhaps in her late-twenties, and who strangely dressed in her wedding gown & veil! Both showed signs of age, yellowed to obvious degree.

Suddenly, for no reason, she started to vent anger at me, and accused me of "jilting her from the altar"! So frantic, the poor girl started to scream & threaten me, and consequently shaken, I fled from store and could not get the V.W. shifted into 1st gear fast enough.

Upon next stop at the store, the owner validated her story about getting jilted, and he said, "the poor thing does this every couple months, Chuck." Anyway, a couple years ago, I wrote a poem called "The Bride not to be" which got posted on a couple web sites.

Again, I am sincerely sad to see your photograph and having learned how canceled weddings can even become faddish & a way to generate revenue. Thank you!


About Me

Born in Vietnam in 1963, I came to the US in 1975, and have also lived in Italy, England and Germany. I'm the author of two books of stories, Fake House (2000) and Blood and Soap (2004), five of poems, All Around What Empties Out (2003), American Tatts (2005), Borderless Bodies (2006), Jam Alerts (2007) and Some Kind of Cheese Orgy (2009), and a novel, Love Like Hate (2010). I've been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2000, 2004, 2007, Great American Prose Poems from Poe to the Present, Postmodern American Poetry: a Norton Anthology (vol. 2) and Flash Fiction International: Very Short Stories From Around the World, etc. I'm also editor of Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam (1996) and The Deluge: New Vietnamese Poetry (2013). Blood and Soap was chosen by Village Voice as one of the best books of 2004. My writing has been translated into Italian, Spanish, French, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Icelandic and Finnish, and I've been invited to read in London, Cambridge, Brighton, Paris, Berlin, Leipzig, Halle, Reykjavik, Toronto, Singapore and all over the US. I've also published widely in Vietnamese.